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41-28711

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force.
Crew 11 was assigned to "Little Sheppard" in Feb 1944 after their aircraft "Boomerang" (42-52132) crashed on 10 Feb 1944 near Tibenham Airfield, England. Crew 11 flew "Little Sheppard" until their 30 missions were completed in Jun 1944. Stalled out into a spin due to ice build up over English channel on mission to Brux, Czechoslovakia. Navigator bailed out before control was regained 21 Apr 1944. Failed to Return (FTR) from mission to Allach, Germany on 21 Jul 1944. Damaged by flak and enemy fighters the airraft landed in Dubendorf, Switzerland. All crew members survived and were interned. MACR 4343/7251.

Service

Units

  • 2nd Air Division

    2nd Air Division

    Division
    In December 1944, the 2nd Bomb Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

  • 20th Combat Bomb Wing

    20th Combat Bomb Wing

    Wing
    Prewar bombardment wing in the northwest. Moved to England, May–June 1943, for duty with Eighth Air Force. Received its first groups in November 1943 and served in combat in the European theater from December 1943 until April 1945. Returned to the US...

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...

  • 712th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Thomas Abbott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner, Armorer | 448th Bomb Group
    Completed 30 missions DFC, Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Clusters

  • Roland Alling

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/21/44 in B-24 Little Shepard #4128711

  • Seymour Ausfresser

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 712BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. B-24H 41-28711 Stalled out into a spin due to ice build up over English channel on mission to Brux, Czechoslovakia, baled out before control was regained, 21-Apr-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4343. ...

  • James Beaver

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/21/44 in B-24 Little Shepard #4128711

  • Raymond Boll

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot | 448th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Bushek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group

  • Alfred Cannon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 448th Bomb Group
    Alfred E. Cannon was born 25 Feb 1919 in Jamaica, New York. He enlisted 08 Apr 1942 and attended Basic Training at Cochran Field, Macon, Georgia. After completion of Basic Training in Dec 1942, he was transferred to Navigation Pre-flight training at...

  • Gerald Carroll

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Gerald Carroll was born 24 Sep 1921 in Silver Bow, Montana. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps 08 Aug 1941. In Apr 1943 he became the Top Turret Gunner and First Engineer in the initial formation of Crew 11, 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group...

  • Jay Dempsey

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 448th Bomb Group

  • Norbert Duginske

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner, Second Engineer | 448th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Norbert Mike Duginske was born in Merrill, Wisconsin 01 Jan 1920. He enlisted 11 Feb 1941 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In Apr 1943 he became the Waist Gunner and Second Engineer in the initial formation of Crew 11, 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 221

    13 February 1944
    17 V-Wepons sites in France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is divided into two separate forces: one force of B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division and one force of B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 244

    2 March 1944
    The primary targets for this mission are: the railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany; and the German air depot ar Chartres, France. The mission is composed of two entierly separate forces. 327 B-17s from 1st Air Division joined by 154 B-24s...

  • 8th Air Force 248

    5 March 1944
    The German airfields at Mont-de-Marsan, Cayeux and Bordeaux/Merginac, France were the primary targets for this mission. Weather and clouds frustrate bombing attempts and formations bomb other secondary targets and targets of last resort. Mission...

  • 8th Air Force 252

    8 March 1944
    The VKF ballbearing factory at Berlin/Erkner is the primary target for 623 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. Fighter opposition and anti-aircraft fire are intense. There are so many formation attacking that some divert to other...

  • 8th Air Force 273

    22 March 1944
    The German aviation industries at Oraneinburg and Basdorf were the intended primary target for this mission but dense cloud cover prevented the attack on these targets. The secondary target of Berlin, Germany and surrounding Targets of Opportunity (TOs...

  • 8th Air Force 277

    24 March 1944
    This mission is composed of two elements, one from 1st Air Division and the other from 2nd Air Division. A total of 436 hevay bombers are despatched. The primary target for 1st Air Division is the the ball bearing plants at Schweifurt, Germany. 2nd Air...

  • 8th Air Force 291

    8 April 1944

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Places

  • Seething

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Seething had three concrete runways, 51 hardstandings of both loop and 'frying-pan’ types, and two T2 hangars, one on each side of the airfield. It was home to the 448th Bomb Group, equipped with...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Tulsa, OK, USA 1943

Built at Douglas Tulsa.

Assigned Seething, Norwich NR15, UK 1943 – 21 July 1944

Assigned to 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force (USAAF).

Stalled into Spin / recovered English Channel 21 April 1944

Stalled out into a spin due to ice build up over English channel, Navigator bailed out before control was regained, 21-Apr-44.

Combat damaged (INT) Dübendorf, Switzerland 21 July 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Allach, Germany. Damaged by flak and enemy fighters, landed in Dubendorf, Switzerland on 21 Jul 44. 10 x Interned (INT). MACR 4343/7251.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2021 01:00:41 dmccullo Changes to media associations
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Added photo.

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2021 00:57:03 dmccullo Changes to media associations
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Added photo.

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2021 00:53:28 dmccullo Changes to media associations
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Added photo of "Little Sheppard".

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2021 00:22:30 dmccullo Changes to media associations
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Updated key image.

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2021 19:00:47 dmccullo Changes to media associations
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Updated media.

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2021 17:30:55 dmccullo Changes to media associations
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Updated key image.

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2021 18:42:58 dmccullo Changes to unit associations
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Added connection to 2nd Air Division.

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2020 19:25:17 dmccullo Changes to mission associations
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Updated missions for "LITTLE SHEPPARD" (41-28711).

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2020 19:23:55 dmccullo Changes to aircraft associations
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Updated connections.

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2020 19:20:23 dmccullo Changes to aircraft associations and unit associations
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Updated connections.

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2020 07:43:37 dmccullo Changes to description and events
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Updated biography.

Date Contributor Update
26 August 2020 19:37:30 dmccullo Changes to nicknames, description and events
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Updated biography.

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2020 06:07:28 dmccullo Changes to media associations
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Updated Media.

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2020 05:58:12 dmccullo Changes to description and events
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Updated Biography.

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2020 08:28:46 general ira snapsorter Changes to media associations
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Removed all image associations which do not depict the aircraft.

Date Contributor Update
12 July 2020 01:45:52 dmccullo Changes to media associations
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Updated Associated Media to include photo of John Schneider-Dan McCullough 07-11-2020.

Date Contributor Update
12 July 2020 01:33:52 dmccullo Changes to person associations
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Added missing crew members to 'Little Sheppard'-Dan McCullough 07-11-2020.

Date Contributor Update
12 July 2020 01:26:31 dmccullo Changes to media associations
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Updated black & white photo of 'Little Sheppard' crew-Dan McCullough 07-11-2020.

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2020 01:30:31 dmccullo Changes to events and media associations
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Updated photo 04-19-2020.

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2016 14:56:02 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-28711&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28635107

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 7251 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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